Hyderabad lawyer alleges corruption, misuse of powers against Telangana officer Navin Mittal

Advocate K Rajesh Kumar claimed in his complaint that Mittal violated income tax rules, illegally conducted benami transactions, violated FERA and FEMA, and promoted nepotism.

ByAjay Tomar

Published Dec 26, 2023 | 8:00 AMUpdatedDec 27, 2023 | 10:44 AM

Hyderabad lawyer alleges corruption and misuse of powers against IAS Navin Mittal, former Telangana revenue secretary

A Hyderabad-based advocate has, in a letter to President Droupadi Murmu and various Union government officials on Monday, 25 December, alleging corruption and misuse of powers by Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer Navin Mittal during his tenure as the chief commissioner of land acquisition (CCLA) of Telangana.

Advocate K Rajesh Kumar claimed in his complaint that Mittal violated income tax rules, illegally conducted various Benami transactions, violated Foreign Exchange Rules Act (FERA) and Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) regulations, and favoured his family members by misusing the power of All India Services (AIS).

Mittal, a 1989-batch Telangana-cadre IAS officer, was relieved from the FAC (Full Additional Charge) of Intermediate Education by Shruti Ojha, a 2013-batch IAS officer on 24 December.

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The fallout

Rajesh Kumar told South First that there are many allegations against Mittal — like taking a bribe of ₹50-100 crore for moving each and every file as the CCLA. It is the regulating authority of Telangana’s much-touted e-governance portal Dharani.

“For moving even a single file he took amounts in multiple crores irrespective of whether they were for revenue record, to issue MOP, to issue passbook, or something else,” said Kumar.

“There are many contempt allegations against him in the honor of the high court. But he never cared about contempt cases,” he added.

Mittal and two other officials were fined ₹10,000 by the Telangana High Court in July in a contempt-of-court case for not reinstating an employee of the degree college at Kalwakurthy in the Nagarkurnool district despite the court orders. Mittal was the commissioner of collegiate education then.

The court observed that the authorities worked with a premeditated mindset to punish the employee.

In 2017, the Telangana High Court reportedly ordered the state government to take action against him for negligently providing a no-objection certificate (NoC) for 5,262 square yards of land in Nanalnagar, Gudimalkapur, during his tenure as the Hyderabad district collector.

As per the complainant’s allegations, Mittal did not consider the note file regarding the disputed land and did not examine the genuineness of the documents produced by third parties who claimed the property.

Citing a media report published in a Telugu daily on 25 December, Rajesh Kumar said, “Mittal has made a lot of money through corruption which is shown in the newspaper report too. He also made illegal benamis of his own family members.”

Rajesh Kumar also claimed that Mittal also secured the possession of several assets by violating the Civil Service (Conduct) Rules of 1964.

“So, whatever the allegations made by the newspaper, they are 100 percent true. I can prove them as well. I request the authorities to inquire about the matter and take action appropriately,” Kumar said.

South First has reached out to Mittal for comment. This story will be updated when a response is received.